Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean

first_img View post tag: Navy June 20, 2011 View post tag: air Back to overview,Home naval-today Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean View post tag: Lynx A Fleet Air Arm Lynx has flown across the Atlantic to support the war on drugs in the Caribbean.Admittedly, it was in the back of a C17 transporter. Had it tried to make it on its own, the little helicopter would have run out of fuel about 120 miles off Land’s End…The Mk8 from 815 Naval Air Squadron spent 11 hours in the back of the giant Boeing jet before being offloaded at NAS Mayport in Florida ready for a seven-month deployment.The Yeovilton-based helicopter will spend the summer and autumn in the Caribbean using tanker RFA Wave Ruler as her launchpad.There she’s taking the fight to drug-runners and will also be on hand, as will the tanker’s ship’s company, should natural disaster strike the many islands in the region during hurricane season.A 12-man team – including two Royal Marine snipers, aircrew, maintainers and controller – has deployed with the helicopter to form 206 Flight.Once embarked on the fleet tanker, the first task was to get through Directed Continuation Training provided by a mobile FOST team who travel the globe to ensure ships on deployment are ready for any eventuality.As well as the standard fire and flood exercises, the Rulers were tested on their ability to cope with a natural disaster, with the US naval air station providing the disaster zone.The Lynx was used extensively to transfer personnel from ship to shore, carry out aerial surveys and carry stores and medical supplies, slung beneath the fuselage.“It was a demanding and challenging exercise, but it also highlights the essential support that the RN, RFA and Fleet Air Arm can provide to hurricane-stricken communities,”said pilot Lt Adam Rudkin.206 Flight’s home for the next seven months is deployed as Britain’s Atlantic Patrol Ship (North) with a dual role to support the international effort to prevent drugs reaching US and Europe from Central and South America and to provide assistance in the event of storms wreaking devastation.RFA Wave Ruler has a full medical team and sick bay, carries 2,000 emergency relief supply packages and can provide around 100 tonnes of fresh water every day should it be required by a community.The tanker has recently been in Kingston, Jamaica to show off what she can offer in the event of a disaster, discuss the counter-narcotics mission with local defence forces and appear on local TV (watched apparently by four out of five Jamaicans).[mappress]Source: royal-navy , June 20, 2011; View post tag: Caribbean Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Drugs View post tag: Arm Share this article View post tag: Support View post tag: War View post tag: fleetlast_img read more

McCormick wins in run-off

first_imgJunior Pat McCormick and sophomore Brett Rocheleau won the election for student body president and vice president after capturing 64 percent of the vote in Thursday’s runoff, Judicial Council president Marcelo Perez said. McCormick and Rocheleau defeated junior James Ward and freshman Heather Eaton in the runoff election. “It was a very normal turnout, with just a little over 3,000 students voting,” Perez said. “No more or no less than usual.” McCormick, who currently serves as the chair of the Senate Social Concerns Committee, said he looks forward to working toward a smooth transition with current student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell. “We want to build on the extraordinary foundation their leadership has built for student government,” he said. The ticket’s top priority is going to be trying to connect to students in all areas of their life, McCormick said. “We want to try to transform student government as a way of amplifying students’ voices and responding to issues that students care about,” he said. “It is our hope that we can build a student government that allows students to chart their own course for the future of Notre Dame.” McCormick said they hope to make student government more about students by creating a committee for constituent services. “Ultimately, moral conscience is at the core of all of our ideas,” he said. Rocheleau, who was out of town when the polls closed at 8 p.m., received the results of the election via Skype. “I’m very excited and I wish I was there,” he said. “We’re both looking forward to a great year.”  Ward and Eaton received 35.9 percent of the vote in the runoff. Eaton said the ticket was excited to have made it to this point in the election. “It’s definitely something to cross off the bucket list,” Eaton said. “I just want to thank everyone who has supported us. It’s been a great run.” Ward said he hopes to remain involved with student government despite the loss. “I’m thinking about jumping into the policy side of things,” he said. “It definitely opens up a lot of opportunities.” McCormick said he and Rocheleau are looking forward to taking office April 1. “We have high hopes for Notre Dame and the role that Notre Dame can play in higher education,” McCormick said. “We want to help students realize those hopes for our school.”last_img read more

Wolf Administration Officials Visit York Hospital to Discuss How a “Warm Handoff” from Opioid Overdose into Addiction Treatment is Crucial for Recovery

first_imgWolf Administration Officials Visit York Hospital to Discuss How a “Warm Handoff” from Opioid Overdose into Addiction Treatment is Crucial for Recovery Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder York, PA – Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Acting Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith today discussed Governor Wolf’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic during a visit to WellSpan York Hospital. The event highlighted the importance of the “warm handoff” protocol in getting opioid overdose survivors from the emergency room directly into treatment for addiction.“Governor Wolf and his entire administration know that people who suffer from the disease of addiction deserve the opportunity to recover from their medical condition,” said Dr. Levine. “A warm handoff into drug treatment after an overdose is an essential step on the road to recovery from addiction. I applaud WellSpan York Hospital for creating a warm handoff program that saves lives in the local community.”The warm handoff protocol was developed by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs in conjunction with the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians. The procedure is recommended for use by emergency room physicians and other health care professionals caring for overdose patients.“We want to get people who have suffered overdoses directly into treatment,” said Acting Secretary Smith. “We know that the best time to talk about treatment to those who suffer from substance use disorders is after an overdose or other traumatic incident.”The Wolf Administration released warm handoff guidance to emergency room doctors and health care professionals throughout the commonwealth to encourage its use when helping those suffering from substance use disorder. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs requires county drug and alcohol agencies to set up procedures to facilitate the warm handoff process.Governor Wolf holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority.  To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf included the following proposals in his 2017-18 budget:Expanding access to life-saving naloxone by providing $10 million through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to first responders and law enforcement across the state;Maximizing federal Cures Act funding, which includes $26.5 million in each of the next two years for Pennsylvania, to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; andProviding $3.4 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.Some of the administration’s other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids;Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors, including geriatricians, who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients;Educating and encouraging seniors to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through Drug Take-Back initiatives;Increasing the availability of naloxone;Establishing a new law limiting the amount of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor to seven days; andDesignating 45 Centers of Excellence, central hubs that provide navigators to assist those with opioid use disorders with behavioral and physical health care, along with medication-assisted treatment, as needed.If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options. March 28, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more